Foregut Diseases Program

In keeping with Houston Methodist’s long tradition of leading medicine, the Foregut Diseases Program at the Lynda K. and David M. Underwood Center for Digestive Disorders offers exceptional care to patients with complex disorders of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum. Our program brings together a world-renowned team of specialists, including gastroenterologists, foregut surgeons, esophageal motility and reflux experts, radiologists, GI pathologists and oncologists. From diagnosis to treatment, we are committed to delivering comprehensive, personalized care based on each patient’s unique needs and conditions.

Why Houston Methodist? 
Houston Methodist Hospital is ranked best in Texas and No. 8 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for Gastroenterology and GI Surgery. U.S. News & World Report has also named Houston Methodist Hospital the No. 1 hospital in Texas every year since the award began and one of the nation's best as a nationally ranked Honor Roll hospital.  Learn more.

The Foregut Diseases Program encompasses everything from standard procedures to the most advanced endoscopic and surgical technology. We offer state-of-the-art inpatient and outpatient facilities, helping deliver the best possible outcomes to our patients. 

In 2013, Houston Methodist was one of the first hospitals in the United States to perform the peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM), a less-invasive method for treating swallowing disorders (most commonly achalasia) without incisions. The procedure involves fixing the problem through the mouth using a gastroscope, a thin, flexible camera designed to look into the esophagus and stomach. There’s less sedation, no scarring, little if any pain and patients can return to work in less than a week. We are one of only a handful of hospitals nationwide that performs POEM.

Our experts continuously evaluate patients through comprehensive weekly GI conferences to ensure each patient receives the most appropriate and effective treatment plan. Moreover, Houston Methodist’s clinicians and scientists collaborate to advance discoveries of innovative and personalized treatments.

We also are dedicated to partnering with referring physicians to best preserve the primary patient-physician relationship to ensure seamless return to care following successful completion of treatment. 
The Foregut Diseases Program Offers Patients:
  • Collaborative, team approach to the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum
  • Comprehensive reflux and motility testing using the latest technology
  • Fundoplication, hiatal hernia repair, paraesophageal hernia repair, reoperation for recurrent hernia and LINX procedure
  • Minimally invasive esophagectomy
  • Peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM)
  • Opportunities to enroll in the latest clinical research studies related to gastrointestinal disorders
  • Patient education
  • Recovery and rehabilitation assistance

Conditions Treated
Our Team

Alberto Barroso, MD
Sunil Dacha, MD
Andrea Duchini, MD
Gulchin Ergun, MD
Steven J. Frachtman, MD
F. Lyone Hochman, MD, FACP, FRCPC
Sandeep Lahoti, MD
Neha Mathur, MD
Ali Raza, MD
Rachel Schiesser, MD
Peter J. Schwarz, MD
Karen L. Woods, MD

General Surgery
Richard Edward Caplan, MD, FACS
Edward Y. Chan, MD
Ray Chihara, MD, PhD
Gilchrist L. Jackson, MD, FACS
Min Kim, MD
Lee Morris, MD, FACS
Patrick Reardon, MD, FACS
Wade R. Rosenberg, MD, FACS
Vadim Sherman, MD, FACS, FRCS
Nabil Tariq, MD, FACS